VAST 220 F031: Visual Art Studio: Topic

Visual Art Studio: Topic is a studio-based special topics course, focused on a specific set of materials, processes and approaches to be explored by students. Through a combination of classroom activities that may include projects, collaborations, discussions, presentations, lectures, critiques, tutorials, workshops and technical demonstrations, students will develop skills relevant to a specific area of practice, alongside relevant critical, historical and theoretical content. Technical and critical abilities acquired in a particular medium or process will be explored in the broader context of contemporary art practice.

The course is run as either a 3 or 6-credit delivery and will sometimes be co-listed with a course from another material discipline or Faculty in order to allow students to work outside of their area of focus and access the expertise and interests of other students and faculty. This course varies in topic and is repeatable for credit provided that the topic has changed.

Each section of this course runs with a different topic. See here.

This course is subject to priority rules; see here.

Course content: 

Topic: The Mobile Studio: Adaptive Art Practices in a Changing Environment
This 2nd year studio course is composed of two distinct projects that engage with adaptive, found, and collaborative forms of contemporary art making. We will consider what it means for the artist studio to be an open space, a public space, or a space of interiority and domesticity through discursive analysis of artists who have located their practice outside of the traditional studio using and creating techniques that are based on where they are. Students will respond to assignment prompts through medium(s) of their choosing, using available materials and following their artistic interests. Students will take inspiration from their immediate surroundings, whether it be the household, a neighborhood, or an imagined space. Activities could include gathering material found near home, sourcing stories from friends or families, or working with media students are consuming in their own lives. The mobile studio will serve as a vehicle for an exploration of what it means to develop an art practice in our current historical moment. Assignments will include the production of self-guided art work, readings, and individual research. In class engagement will include slide lectures, discussions, and group workshopping of projects.

Prerequisites: 

Completion of 21 credits

Course outline
A section outline in PDF format is available, but only to logged in users.
Additional comments: 
HYBRID course. See Website for Topic details.
Instructor information: 
Meeting Information: 
Date / Time Days Room Building
Sep 7-Dec 18
08:30:00-11:20:00
F C4245 MAIN
Sep 7-Dec 18
08:30:00-11:20:00
F VCHAT ONLN
Sep 7-Dec 18
12:30:00-15:20:00
F C4245 MAIN
Sep 7-Dec 18
12:30:00-15:20:00
F VCHAT ONLN